Herschel, Saskatchewan

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Herschel
Special service area
Herschel, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Herschel, Saskatchewan
Location of Herschel in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 108°25′23″W / 51.655°N 108.423°W / 51.655; -108.423
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division 12
Rural Municipality Mountain View
Post office founded N/A
Incorporated (Village) N/A
Incorporated (Town) N/A
Area
 • Total 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 65
 • Density 22.2/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0L 1L0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 31
Highway 656
Waterways Opuntia Lake
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Herschel is a special service area in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It is the seat of the rural municipality of Mountain View No. 318, Saskatchewan. The population was 30 people in 2006. The community is located 37 km northwest of the Town of Rosetown at the intersection of highway 31 & highway 656 along the Canadian Pacific Railway line.

Demographics[edit]

Prior to December 31, 2006, Herschel was incorporated as a village, and was restructured as a special service area under the jurisdiction of the Rural municipality of Mountain View on that date.[5][6]

History[edit]

Herschel was founded by German Canadians and settled mainly by Mennonites. The village was named in honour of 19th Century English physicist and astronomer Sir John Fredrick William Herschel.[9]

In 1935, a major fire destroyed 18 homes and businesses in Herschel. The blaze destroyed three general stores, the post office, a harness shop, the drug store, a pool hall, the Royal Hotel, a Chinese laundry, a hardware store, the municipal office, a restaurant, homes and other structures. Poor local roads were blamed for the extent of the blaze, with fire engines from Rosetown unable to reach the community for more than four hours.[10]

In 2005, fossils of a plesiosaur were discovered in a coal mine ravine southwest of Herschel, and now, along with native petroglyphs attracts visitors from around the world. The fossils were described as a new species, Dolichorhynchops herschelensis.[11]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System (– Scholar search) [dead link]
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ "Search for Municipal Information". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Restructured Villages". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved {{{2001_access_date}}}.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ Barry, Bill (2003). People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names. People Places Pub. p. 110. ISBN 1-894022-92-0. 
  10. ^ "$120,000 Fire Sweeps Herschel Town". The Leader-Post (Regina, SK). 1935-04-09. p. 1. 
  11. ^ Sato, T. (2005). "A new Polycotylid Plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Upper Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation in Saskatchewan, Canada". Journal of Paleontology, 79: 969-980.

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Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 108°25′23″W / 51.655°N 108.423°W / 51.655; -108.423